About Us

architour was foun­ded in 2004 by Amsterdam-based Ger­man archi­tec­ture journ­al­ist Anneke Bokern.


Since then, our team has guided groups with 2 to 240 par­ti­cipants from all over the world and with diverse back­grounds – from archi­tec­ture firms to muni­cip­al­it­ies and from hous­ing cor­por­a­tions to archi­tec­tural associations.


The tours are guided by architour-partners Anneke Bokern, Paul Vlok or one of the exper­i­enced archi­tects from our team, who speak sev­eral lan­guages and have vari­ous spe­cial­iz­a­tions within the field of architecture.

Anneke Bokern of architour

Anneke Bokern


is a renowned archi­tec­ture journ­al­ist  and writer. Anneke was born in Frankfurt/Germany and has been liv­ing in Amsterdam since 2000. She holds an M.A. in His­tory of Art from FU Ber­lin and writes about archi­tec­ture and design in the Neth­er­lands. 


In 2004 Anneke decided to share her know­ledge about Dutch build­ing cul­ture with vis­itor groups from abroad. She foun­ded architour and joined the Guid­ing Archi­tects Network.


Anneke devel­ops pro­grammes, organ­izes tours and guides groups in Eng­lish, Ger­man and Dutch, while still pub­lish­ing art­icles and con­trib­ut­ing to books on Dutch architecture.

Her art­icles have appeared in a.o. Domus Ger­many, DETAIL, Mark Magazine, Frame Magazine Azure Magazine, Mare, Bauwelt and HÄUSER. She has also acted as jury mem­ber for vari­ous Dutch and inter­na­tional archi­tec­ture awards, writes book con­tri­bu­tions and does film interviews.


As an archi­tec­ture journ­al­ist, Anneke has excel­lent con­nec­tions in the Dutch archi­tec­ture scene and is always up to date about new pro­jects. She can tell lots of stor­ies about build­ings and knows the import­ant play­ers in the field.


She’s also the author of the Marco Polo travel guide­book to Amsterdam.


Anneke speaks flu­ent Ger­man, Eng­lish and Dutch, reas­on­able French and has a grasp of Span­ish and Portuguese.


Paul Vlok of architour - guiding architects in the netherlands

Paul Vlok


is an exper­i­enced archi­tect and lec­turer. He was born in Utrecht (The Neth­er­lands) and gradu­ated from TU Delft with an hon­our­able degree in archi­tec­ture in 1995. In the fol­low­ing years Paul worked as an archi­tect for vari­ous Dutch archi­tec­ture firms.


Paul was involved in pro­jects in city exten­sion and urban renewal areas, and his focus has always been on hous­ing as well as urban planning. 

He’s been guid­ing tours in Eng­lish, Dutch and Ger­man for architour since 2011 and became an architour-partner in 2014. Paul devel­ops and organ­izes pro­grammes. He also teaches at the Academy of Archi­tec­ture in Amsterdam.

Paul’s exper­i­ences as an exchange stu­dent at ETH Zürich and in Lausanne turned him into an inter­na­tion­ally ori­ent­ated archi­tect. His Eng­lish and Ger­man are flu­ent, and he also has a good under­stand­ing of Italian.


Both teach­ing and his exper­i­ence as an archi­tect provide an excel­lent back­ground for his work with architour.

architour team

architour guide Christa Rinzema

Christa Rinzema 

Christa was born in the Neth­er­lands and grew up in the US and Switzer­land. She stud­ied Archi­tec­ture at ETH Zürich and NJTech Nanjing/China. Since 1995 she lives and works in Amsterdam, and in 2010 she foun­ded Atelier Rinzema. Christa is also a guest teacher at TUDelft. 
architour guide Gebhard Friedl

Gebhard Friedl 

Gebhard was born in Vienna, Aus­tria, where he stud­ied archi­tec­ture at TU Vienna and worked as a freel­ance archi­tect. After mov­ing to the Neth­er­lands in 1998, he took a post­gradu­ate degree in design pro­cess man­age­ment from TU Eind­hoven and worked as an inde­pend­ent man­age­ment con­sult­ant. He lives in Amsterdam and runs his own con­sult­ing company. 

Allard van der Hoek 

Allard was born in Karls­ruhe, Ger­many, to Dutch par­ents. He stud­ied archi­tec­ture at TU Ber­lin and worked as an archi­tect in Ber­lin, Paris and Amsterdam from 1989 until 2004. Since 2004 he is a freel­ance archi­tec­ture pho­to­grapher, liv­ing in Amsterdam and Berlin. 
architour guide André Günther

André Günther 

André was born in Det­mold, Ger­many and stud­ied archi­tec­ture at the Tech­nical Uni­ver­sity of Aachen (RWTH). He worked as an archi­tect in Amsterdam and Ber­lin. Since 2010 he runs his own office andAR­CHI­TEC­TURE in Amsterdam. 
architour guide Jelte van Koperen

Jelte van Koperen 

Jelte was born in the Neth­er­lands and grew up in France. He took the long road with his stud­ies: start­ing with car­penter trade school, study­ing his way up to Msc of arts in His­tory of Archi­tec­ture. Jelte is a freel­ance tour guide in his­toric cit­ies and more recent pro­jects, and gives lec­tures about architecture. 
architour guide Jeroen de Vries

Jer­oen de Vries 

Jer­oen was born and raised in Amsterdam. He stud­ied archi­tec­ture at TU Delft and gradu­ated in 2003, and has been work­ing as an archi­tect ever since. From 2009 he’s been work­ing as archi­tec­ture guide, along­side run­ning his own archi­tec­ture office. 
architour guide Mirjam IJsseling

Mir­jam IJsseling 

Mir­jam is a Dutch archi­tect. After gradu­at­ing from TU Delft and Columbi­a’s GSAPP New York she worked for the Ber­lage Insti­tute, the Dutch Insti­tute of Archi­tec­ture and the City of Amsterdam. Since 2008 she has her own office in Amsterdam and teaches archi­tec­tural design in Delft. 
architour guide Ute Brinkmeier

Ute Brinkmeier 

Ute Brink­meier was born in Bünde, Ger­many, and stud­ied archi­tec­ture in Mün­ster and his­tory of art in Amsterdam. She worked as an archi­tect in vari­ous Dutch offices and foun­ded her own office Brink­meier Elands in Amsterdam in 2018. 
architour guide Jack Hoogeboom

Jack Hoogeboom 

Jack is a Dutch archi­tect and urban plan­ner. He stud­ied and lived in Utrecht, Maastricht, Aachen and Amsterdam, and is based in Rotterdam since 2006. He works as a lec­turer in the Urban Plan­ning depart­ment at the Uni­ver­sity of Applied Sci­ence in Rotterdam and owns an online art gal­lery with art that relates to cit­ies and architecture. 
Sylke Gloystein - architour team

Sylke Gloystein 

Sylke Gloystein is an archi­tect and trans­lator of Ger­man ori­gin. She stud­ied archi­tec­ture at Leib­niz Uni­ver­sity Han­nover. In 2001 she moved to Rotterdam, where she worked for vari­ous Dutch archi­tec­ture firms, before becom­ing a trans­lator in 2015. She has been guid­ing archi­tec­ture tours for architour since 2018. 
architour guide Anke Schiemann

Anke Schiemann 

Anke was born in Ham­burg, Ger­many. She stud­ied archi­tec­ture at TU Braun­sch­weig, TU Delft and TU Dresden. Since 1997 she works as an archi­tect in Rotterdam, and in 2006 she foun­ded her own archi­tec­ture office Stu­dio NL‑D. Since 2018 she also works for the aes­thet­ics com­mit­tee of the muni­cip­al­ity of Rotterdam. 
architour guide René Bouman

René Bouman 

René Bou­man stud­ied archi­tec­ture at the Academy of Archi­tec­ture in Rotterdam. He worked for vari­ous renowned archi­tec­ture firms in Rotterdam and ran his own office Möhn + Bou­man from 1997 until 2018. Cur­rently he teaches, acts as jury mem­ber, freel­ances as an archi­tect and occa­sion­ally guides groups. 
architour guide Annelies Bloemendaal

Annelies Bloemendaal 

Annelies is a Dutch land­scape archi­tect. She stud­ied Land­scape Archi­tec­ture at the Academy of Archi­tec­ture in Amsterdam and at École Nationale Supérieure de Pays­age in Ver­sailles. She also holds a Mas­ter of Fine Art from the Academy of Art in Utrecht. Annelies has worked for vari­ous land­scape archi­tec­ture firms in the Neth­er­lands, in France and for the muni­cip­al­ity of Amsterdam. 
architour guide Yukiko Nezu

Yukiko Nezu 

Yukiko was born in Tokyo, Japan. She gained mas­ter degrees in archi­tec­ture at Tokyo City Uni­ver­sity and at the Ber­lage Insti­tute in Amsterdam. She has been liv­ing in Amsterdam since 1997 and has worked for vari­ous renowned archi­tec­ture firms in the Neth­er­lands. In 2002 she foun­ded her own office Urb­an­berry Design. 
“Thank you so much for the per­fect organ­iz­a­tion! We really appre­ci­ate the qual­ity of your guided tours. We’re look­ing for­ward to future collaborations!”
Heidi Zgrag­gen, Vivat Kul­tur, Sankt Gal­len, Switzerland
“With their com­pre­hens­ive know­ledge and enter­tain­ing man­ner, the guides provided us with two unfor­get­table days in Rotterdam.”
Pub­lic Works Ser­vice, Freiburg, Germany

Your health is our top priority! Our tours take place in the open air, with 1,50 metre safety distance between participants and max. 15 participants per guide. A user-friendly and hygienic audioguide system is available and can be used with your own headphones.